Criminal assault is defined as an attempted battery, and criminal battery is defined as an unauthorized application of force against someone. The force must have resulted in an offensive touch or an actual bodily injury. Washington State recognizes four degrees, or four different levels, of assault. Third degree assault is charged when a person’s criminally negligent actions lead to the death or great bodily harm to another person while using a deadly weapon.
Assault in the third degree is committed when a person:
Criminal negligence is defined as conduct that grossly deviates from reasonable, normal standards of an ordinary individual. The defendant is criminally negligent if their actions show an indifference or disregard for human life or for people’s safety.
Third degree assault is charged as a class C felony. A class C felony conviction is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Third degree assault is also considered a level III offense. This means a defendant with a no criminal record could be sentenced to 1 to 3 months in prison, but a defendant with a criminal record could get as much as 43 months in prison.
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